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Re-injured one year after 2 level PLIF L4-S1 Have Questions

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a 2 level PLIF last July after a powerlifting accident. The surgery was a success and I returned to work after five months. I am a heavy equipment operator and got into an accident a few months ago at work and re-injured myself. My NS sent me for a myelogram after injections and PT gave me no relief. The report came back that a piece of bone from the fusion site had broke off and actually displaced the S1 nerve he wants to do surgery next week to fix the problem and told me that this will be a very complex surgery. As Im sure you can imagine I was in shock and didnt really ask what kind of surgery would be needed to fix the issue. I am wondering if anyone might have a ballpark clue as to what he might do and what i can expect the second time around. I know that the 2 level fusion was alot to bear, so I can only imagine what this will be like. Thanks for the advice.


  • We can only speculate on what your surgeon has planned for you. Why don't you call the surgeon's office and ask his nurse to tell you what type of surgery he is planning for you?

    There may be some reason that he will have to redo the fusion, although I would think you would be fused by now. If he doesn't feel comfortable doing it, you might want to find another specialist who specializes in back reconstruction surgery.

    I'm sorry you had this accident and hope that you can get it repaired soon and be on your way to another recovery.
  • Just wanted to let you know you are not alone. I will be praying for your good health! God Bless
  • She seems to know as much as anybody on this site! Thanks Gwennie!
  • I want to wish you the best. I imagine scar tissue makes operating in the same area more difficult. I wish I had more answers for you, so would go along with the above advice and call your surgeon's nurse.

    My son was a national powerlifting champ two years in a row. I'm always worrying about his back.

    Take care,

  • I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the kind words and advice. I will be contacting the nurse tomorrow and I'll let you know the outcome.

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